Debbie Quinn grew up in Fairhope, Alabama. Working as an RN in ICU and CCU, she moved to the operating room, where she was OR charge nurse. She and her husband moved several times with the US Army and were fortunate to have the opportunity to move back home to Fairhope. Debbie worked at the hospital in Fairhope as the Stretch Coordinator for Post Mastectomy patients. She and her husband have two sons, both active-duty military.
Debbie was appointed to the Fairhope Planning Commission in 1993 and learned on the job how communities work, play, and move. She was appointed to the Fairhope City Council in 1997 and was active in the Alabama League of Municipalities and the National League of Cities, where she held many leadership positions. She was a Councilmember for 16 years and served as Council President. In 2001, the governor appointed her to the federal grant board that awards Alabama grants for Trails. In 2010, working with state staff and volunteer members, she helped create the Alabama Trails Commission, where she served as Chairman for four years. She also helped develop the Alabama Trails Foundation, serving as Chairman for two years, followed by consultant work.
Debbie graduated from Fairhope High School, Providence School of Nursing as a Registered Nurse and received her degree from the University of South Alabama. Debbie has recently completed Emory University’s course in COVID Tracing, the University of Houston Covid update, and John Hopkins newly updated protocols on COVID.